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Overlord (1975)




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Quiet Tom leaves home and enters the world of war in the British Army with its anxious days of marching and training and waiting only to meet his quick and violent death on the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Hudson, Stuart Cooper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Janus Films


Sam Sewell
as Trained Soldier
Stella Tanner
as The Mother
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Critic Reviews for Overlord

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.

Full Review… | July 21, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Overlord, a prize-winning entry in the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, deserves to join the pantheon of essential World War II combat movies.

July 13, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's still a feat of period filmmaking. More than that, Overlord's revivification of a wasteland Europe offers up a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent.

Full Review… | July 11, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

A majestic, somber work about war.

Full Review… | June 3, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Overlord

WWII through the eyes of an average, somewhat inept British foot soldier. Director Stuart Cooper effectively interlaces real war footage with scenes of the infantryman's more mundane daily routines. We get to know the character by vicariously sharing his hardship and even witnessing his frequent daydreams.

Though released in 1975, this has an even older feel to it. A nice combination of post-war sensibility anchored deep in 1944's harsh reality. Definitely a film that warrants more discussion and deserves much more recognition.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Clever interweaving of fictional story and archival footage which works better as a documentary than a drama.

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Overlord" is a haunting and moving film about a dutiful but not gung-ho young English soldier, Tom Beddoes(Brian Stirner), who is followed through training to D-Day during World War II. Throughout he feels overwhelmed by events and unlike his fellow soldiers is not optimistic about his chances for survival. This makes him sad when he considers how little how he has lived, especially with how much potentially he could accomplish.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Crisply shot in black and white, "Overlord" is enhanced by the use of archival footage which is quite a treat by itself.(Thankfully none of it is familiar enough to be considered cliche.) When not used as backgroud material, some of it is also used in Tom's dream sequences to help express his doubts. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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